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Lightning Display Over Zsambek, Hungary


Photographer: Tamas Abraham
Summary Author: Tamas Abraham; Jim Foster

The photo above showing an attention-getting lightning display was captured near Zsambek, Hungary on July 5, 2012. Strong storms rolled through this area late in the day (between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.) to break a weeklong siege of hot, dry weather. One cloud-to-ground strike was close enough to startle everyone in my house. A powerful bolt of lightning can heat the air it passes through to 50,000 F (27,800 C). The entire discharge of a flash of lightningtakes only about a quarter of a second; however, a flash is composed of several short discharges, each lasting only a millisecond or less.

Photo details: Canon EOS 400D camera; EF-S 18-55 lens; at F5.6; ISO 100;, 8 second exposure; and 18 mm. I took 38 individual photos shooting continuously with these settings and processed them using StarStax software.


4 responses

  1. Beautiful shot of the power of nature. Thanks for sharing the technical details too. I wondered how you had managed to capture the lightning. Wow!

    July 14, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    • most welcome, learning just like you here
      this photographer is Tamas Abraham
      earth science photo of day, besides the science pretty good photography lessons 🙂

      July 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      • Thanks for sharing the credit to the originator. Science and beauty make a wonderful combination.

        July 14, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      • they surely do 😉

        July 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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